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Turner, Mathew J.; Webster, Rustin D. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
This paper describes a student-centered approach to a power engineering technology course using the flipped or inverted classroom as well as active learning in the form of group discussions and team problem solving. The study compares student performance and perceptions of a traditional, teaching-centered classroom to two different flipped…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Student Centered Learning, Engineering Technology, Power Technology
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Desai, Niranjan; Stefanek, George – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Student access to the Internet has made it much easier for students to find solutions to traditional homework problems online and thereby has made this traditional assessment method of monitoring student progress and gauging the assimilation of knowledge in engineering and technology courses less reliable. This paper presents an in-class,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Homework, Technology, Tests
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Bossart, Jean; Bharti, Neelam – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2017
Universities across the United States (U.S.) are perplexed as to why fewer women than men study engineering and why even fewer complete the curriculum and earn an undergraduate degree in engineering. The percentage of undergraduate engineering degrees awarded annually to women in the U.S. since 2000 has remained relatively constant at around 20%.…
Descriptors: Females, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students)
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Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley D.; Williams, Thomas O. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
Students identified as at-risk of non-academic continuation have a propensity toward lower academic self-efficacy than their peers (Lent, 2005). Within engineering, self-efficacy and confidence are major markers of university continuation and success (Lourens, 2014 Raelin, et al., 2014). This study explored academic learning self-efficacy specific…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement
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Huynh, Trongnghia; Hou, Gene; Wang, Jin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
We have conducted an education project to communicate the wave energy concept to high school students. A virtual reality system that combines both hardware and software is developed in this project to simulate the buoy-wave interaction. This first-of-its-kind wave energy unit is portable and physics-based, allowing students to conduct a number of…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Science Careers
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Davidovitch, Nitza; Shiller, Zvi – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2016
This article presents a case study that illustrates the paradigmatic shift in higher education from content-centered teaching to learning-centered academic programs. This pragmatic change, triggered by the STEM movement, calls for the introduction of success measures in the course development process. The course described in this paper illustrates…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), Higher Education, Undergraduate Students
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Singer, Kerri Patrick; Foutz, Tim; Navarro, Maria; Thompson, Sidney – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2015
Engineers today need both engineering knowledge and social science knowledge to solve complex problems. However, most people have a traditional view of engineering as a field dominated by math and science foci, with little social consequence. This study examined and compared perceptions about engineering from Freshmen taking three different First…
Descriptors: Control Groups, College Freshmen, Engineering Education, Learning Theories
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Ernst, Jeremy V.; Bowen, Bradley – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study explored how freshman engineering students utilized career awareness developmental opportunities prior to entry into post-secondary academics. Specifically, the study delved into separations and distinctions among students at-risk of non-continuation due to matriculation concerns and students non at-risk. Founded on the amended…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Career Awareness
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Burkett, Susan L.; Kotru, Sushma; Lusth, John C.; McCallum, Debra; Dunlap, Sarah – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
Dunlap, The University of Alabama, USA ABSTRACT In the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) curriculum at The University of Alabama, freshmen are introduced to fundamental electrical concepts and units, DC circuit analysis techniques, operational amplifiers, circuit simulation, design, and professional ethics. The two credit course has both…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, Computer Science Education, Computer Science
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Doolen, Toni L.; Biddlecombe, Erin – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2014
This study investigated the effect of cohort participation in a learning community and collaborative learning techniques on the success of first-year engineering students. Student success was measured as gains in knowledge, skills, and attitudes, student engagement, and persistence in engineering. The study group was comprised of students…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Freshmen, Cooperative Learning
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Van Overschelde, James P. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a hands-on, project-based engineering curriculum for high school and middle school students, which has quadrupled annual enrollment in Texas in five years to over 23,000 students. The diversity of students participating has also increased dramatically. Using six years of longitudinally-linked student data, the…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, High School Students, Middle School Students
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Cole, Belinda; High, Karen; Weinland, Kathryn – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2013
The study examines the retention of students in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University that enter college with a defined course sequence in a pre-engineering program from a regional career technology center as compared with the retention rates of university engineering students for the same time…
Descriptors: High School Students, Engineering Education, Architecture, Technology Education
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Sabag, N.; Kosolapov, S. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
This paper presents the outcomes of the preliminary survey in which the method of IFS was used to integrate motivating questions into the lecture presentations in order to increase the students' involvement. Instant Feedback System (IFS) enables the educators to improve their own teaching by getting instant and real-time feedback about how clear…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Feedback (Response)
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Zoabi, W.; Sabag, N.; Gero, A. – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Teaching abstract subjects to students studying towards a degree in electronics practical engineering (a degree between a technician and an engineer) requires didactic tools that enable understanding of issues without using advanced mathematics and physics. One basic issue is the BJT (Bipolar Junction Transistor) that requires preliminary…
Descriptors: Animation, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Engineering Education
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EL-Sakran, Tharwat M.; Awad, Asmaa – American Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
This study reports on engineering graduates' labour market requisite communication competences and skills in the work environment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its main purpose was to investigate whether internationally required engineering graduates' communication competences were the same in third world countries or different. It used a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering, Engineering Education, Labor Market